Sign language can greatly improve the communication capability of hearing-impaired people, but there’s still a major barrier in that most people don’t understand it. New prototype gadgets could change that, by automatically translating hand motions into audible speech that a non-signing person can interpret.
There are a lot of people out there dealing with some degree of hearing disability--one in six, by some estimates--and that audience is typically underserved when it comes to cinematic experience. Some films are screened with subtitles, but often at odd times. But Sony is working up a fix in its UK lab: a pair of glasses that places subtitles right in the user’s field of view.